We are all well aware that, for the first time in over 50 years, a majority of elected officials sitting on the Oak Park village board were not slated by the Village Manager Association. What's not clear yet is how the fledgling organization?#34;for now called the New Leadership Coalition?#34;that slated the winning candidates is going to carry on relations with the new majority.
Ah, summertime! A season for working less, going to baseball games, enjoying picnics, hanging out at the pool and, of course, going on vacation. So, where are you going this year? Not, where are you going in terms of a geographical destination, but where are you headed in terms of becoming a more balanced, whole person?
RACIST SCUM: Breathes there an Oak Parker with soul so dead, who never to himself has said, "I love diversity?" Of course not. Nonetheless, there are racists among us who joined white flight out of Austin, making that neighborhood slide into rack and ruin.
For me, it was Myra Koehler. And I wondered when I took my older son's hand in mine for that walk on the first day of first grade?#34;and again, when my younger son and I took that same walk three years later: Who would be their Myra Koehler?
The village government spent years buying up prime real estate in downtown Oak Park without a grand plan to do anything with it. This was intended to give government the time and opportunity to some day spur just the right sort of development Oak Parkers would like to see along Lake Street and Westgate from Harlem to Marion.
There's a wonderful scene in the 1972 movie Cabaret, set in Berlin in 1931. Starring Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles, Joel Grey as Emcee, Michael York as Brian Roberts, and Helmut Grien as Maximilian Von Heune. The scene is midway through the movie and takes place in a beer garden with Brian and Max.
Smoke this.... Poor Phil's won't allow smoking. Big deal. Bill and I have been enjoying the smoke-free atmosphere at Hemmingway's Bistro in the Write Inn since it opened two years ago. No fanfare, no hype?#34;just a thoughtful decision made by Chef/Owner Christopher Ala to enhance the fine dining experience of his guests!